Last year, the department had roughly 25 candidates, with five chosen for the program. Three have completed their requirements with two still in training.
In the 1990s, the department had more than 20 full-time officers patrolling its streets. But due to budget cuts, retirements and other factors, the number has dwindled to the point where the department is essentially responding to calls and little else, according to Fowler.
“I want to get to the point where we’re proactive and not just reacting to calls,” Fowler said.
Applications can be picked up at the Salisbury Police Department’s front lobby or by visiting salisburypolice.com.